Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Price Point: Mains from £10-£20
Ranked: #1 of 120 restaurants in London

Scott Hallsworth, the culinary legend behind Nobu, is back with a dazzling new restaurant in London’s West End.

With the menu centred around sharing plates, it’s only natural that the restaurant’s interior should reflect this community feel. The long tables create an informal atmosphere and a distinctly ‘market’ feel with groups of people mixing and matching different plates of delicious grub.

Specialising in sharing plates from all around Asia, Freak Scene captures the very best Asian flavours and gives them an unexpected twist. Loch Duart Salmon Sashimi Pizza? Yes, that’s on the menu along with other exquisite fish dishes and a range of plates that combine bold flavours guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.

There is a small but carefully considered drinks menu, chosen especially to compliment your food. The majority of wines on offer originate from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa and there are perfectly blended cocktails to suit any taste. And what is a Japanese dish without Sake? With two on offer, it’s a full cultural experience at Freak Scene.

So, step into this slice of Asia in central London. You’d better like sharing your food!

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Freak Scene
54 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4SL

Open Hours:
Mon - Wed: 5pm till 11pm
Thur - Sat: 12pm till late
Sun: 12pm till 5pm

Phone: 02077 346370
Website: www.freakscene.london

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Ranked: #1 of 120 restaurants in London 1
Freak Scene
Location: Soho
Cuisine: Asian, International, South Asian
Mains: £10-£20

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Iris Gomez

Our experience at Freakscene was simply AMAZING! From each dish being carefully prepared in front of us, with one of the chefs being very helpful and explaining what some ingredients were or how some parts of the dishes are prepared to the waiting staff being super friendly and bubbly! And obviously, THE FOOD. Each dish was so different to the other that I would recommend (and for my next trip too) to try as many dishes as you can and share them with a couple of people to make sure you try everything. The duck “tacos” were my favourite dish of the evening, however even the chips were amazing!
Well worth the visit!

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Candice Elle Richardson

My friend and I attended Freak Scene after work and had a wonderful time. The service was fantastic they made me feel right at home whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. The chefs had some great suggestions for food and cocktails. The food was simply amazing, lots of flavours, tapas is my favourite way to eat, you get to try a bit of everything. Also great location. I highly recommend.

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Catriona Middleton

Absolutely cracking meal. We honestly felt like robbers with the savings provided by booking through First Table!

We were greeted immediately, sat down and received good attentive service for our whole meal.

The food itself was excellent, star dish was the 'Chicken Fried Chicken'. I was also really impressed with the vegetarian dishes on offer- the cauliflower was stellar! Everything was beautifully cooked, it really reminded me of our recent trip to Japan! I personally don't drink alcohol, but my husband was very happy with the beer offerings.

We will be returning as a larger group to try and tackle the whole menu

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Rachel Gordon

Delicious food! An array of flavours and textures that all worked amazingly together. The aubergine was our favourite, it was the perfect amount of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch to offset the smoothness of the uabergine itself. Thanks for a great night, we will definitely be back!

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Freak Scene is not your standard restaurant, you probably guessed this from the name. The walls are decorated with a variety of unobtrusive memorabilia. Which gives the place a relaxed and comfortable feel alongside the seating around the kitchen/bar. This would be a great choice for a date.

The food is all intented to be shared, and was incredible! We ordered three dishes at a time and between the two of us we had 9 dishes, each and everyone got us saying "omg this is goooood"

The crab and avocado wontons, the beef tataki, the black cod tacos and the short rib are must haves!

Though everything was so good that I'm planning to have everything I didn't manage to try this time.

If you like the look of the menu this restaurant is a must visit!

Also a big thank you to first table (special mention to Elliott Hannam) for helping with a little issue which was 100% my fault. Some of the best customer service I've ever received!

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I visited Freak Scene with a friend last week, and unfortunately I have to say I was a little disappointed! The reviews on here were raving so perhaps my expectations were too high. The food was good, but very rich and some of the flavours were quite odd and overpowering. Having said that, we enjoyed the duck buns and the miso aubergine. The bar seats are too far away from the table so I found myself leaning quite uncomfortably for most of the meal, and the staff were very nice but would not leave us alone and were constantly asking if we needed anything else or if we needed more drinks. The atmosphere was buzzing by about 7pm and brought a good feel to the place, but it was a bit cold with the floor-to-ceiling windows and door open. Personally though, I much prefer Brother Marcus and Gamma Gamma for better quality food and a more relaxed evening.

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Delicious food and really nice vibe to this place! Recommend the peanut chicken, the brittle was awesome.

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Vladimir Krupnov

Excellent refreshing tapas place. We’ve been visiting as a company of four and had a great pre-theatre dinner at Freak Scene. Everything was very tasty(scallops and mushrooms were top notch), super fresh. The service is efficient and fast. The seats are by the counter and all the tapas are cooked right in front of you - was interesting to observe this as well.

Wine choice is very good as well. Great place for the pre-theatre drinks and snack!

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Iris Gomez

Our experience at Freakscene was simply AMAZING! From each dish being carefully prepared in front of us, with one of the chefs being very helpful and explaining what some ingredients were or how some parts of the dishes are prepared to the waiting staff being super friendly and bubbly! And obviously, THE FOOD. Each dish was so different to the other that I would recommend (and for my next trip too) to try as many dishes as you can and share them with a couple of people to make sure you try everything. The duck “tacos” were my favourite dish of the evening, however even the chips were amazing!
Well worth the visit!

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Charlie Jones

Food was much larger portioned than expected but still full of flavours!! Couldn’t recommend this place more!

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Fantastic service from the guys at Freak Scene - the food consisted of tapas style dishes to be shared. They're flexible and can increase the food order to fit a group of 3 or 4 people. Very tasty, especially enjoyed the duck curry & fried bread, nasu dengaku with candied walnuts, the charred hispi cabbage cooked in truffle oil and the scallops and mushrooms in yuzu! Only downside was the foie gras on mochi toast which we felt was quite a heavy combination. Though a bit difficult to sit especially in a big group, the atmosphere was fun and buzzing in a backdrop of kitsch interior. All in all, good value for money and highly recommended.

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I had very high expectations going for a dinner. Unfortunately, wasn't greatly impressed. We tried 6 dishes between the 2 of us, and honestly, I left a tad hungry. Octopus wasn't good. Crab, salmon pizza and aubergine were tasty. Fried chicken is ok. Cabbage was the best tasting meal for me - simple with a hint of truffle oil. I liked the draft beer the most.Service was friendly and polite. Not giving exceptional mark as the chef was a tad grumpy looking - and we were sitting just opposite him.

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Elvira Wilkinson

Great food with some interesting yet tasty flavours, top cocktails and good service, worth a visit.

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Jack Rigby

So good. Every dish was fantastic, and better than the last - I could eat the truffle cabbage forever. Well worth a visit and ordering a wide variety of things to share and try.

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Caroline Davis

We had a great time at Freak scene on Friday. The staff were all lovely and owners were gladly talking about their experience of opening the restaurant. The food was amazing (crab bomb, miso aubergine and tuna tartare were particularly delicious!) cocktails were also lovely (I had the freaky smash). Overall a lovely dining experience. Only thing I see which wasn’t great was the size as the venue is very small and I assume it can get really busy. But definitely a must eat in soho

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The staff was all extremely nice, eventually a bit too busy and unfortunately, the food wasn't quite there. We ordered the avocado and crab wonton bombs (these were great), salmon sashimi pizzas (also quite good) which both came promptly, but after this point it was a bit of a letdown, we had to wait approx 30 mins for our next dish (mushrooms which were actually quite unpleasant in how alcoholic they tasted), and then another huge chunk of time for a duck leg dish (which was also quite nice). After all this, we were still quite hungry so ordered an aubergine dish (weird overly sweet mess?) and then gave up and ordered the wonton bombs again just because we knew we liked them. I guess it was a small plate/tapas style place where you shouldn't show up as starving probably since the food comes at such random time intervals. Overall, the experience was on the less pleasant side, considering the at the bar seating as well which just gets tiring after a while.

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Rawinder Kaur

Was great food and service, will definitely be coming back!

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Blátháin Iqbal

A funky little restaurant in Soho, with vibrant decor, a good music playlist and playful food. The scallops (cooked to perfection) and shortribs were outstanding, with the salty scallops balancing perfectly against the unctious meat. Chicken fried chicken featured the best peanut soy sauce I've had outside Singapore; simple but affecting. Pork belly wraps were great, though could have done with a more spicy kick in the pineapple samble to cut through the fat. Sashimi pizza was colourful, fun and great to start with, though be aware dishes 'come when they come', so if you plan to order big, like we did, split the ordering into two.

Friendly vibes, if a bit slow off the mark to pick up when you need the servers attention, but that doesn't long seeing as all seats are at the bar.

Witnessed a perfect deboning by a friendly chef obliging a fussy couple who can't reconcile themselves with the fact their meat used to be a living animal....top marks for not rolling your eyes!

Would come again!

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The menu was well thought out and the food delicious.

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Delicious food, neat dining experience sitting at the bar and watching the food being prepared. Everything we had was really nice, would definitely go back!

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Alice Fee

Every dish was amazing, we chose around 6-7 dishes between 2 as recommended by the staff. The waiter was great and also recommended his favourite dishes-aubergine and scallops. The freak scene IPA is also a must. The seating was all bar seating, which isn’t normally something we would choose, however, they were evenly spaced and we still felt comfortable.

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Max Thomas-Haynes

The food here is incredible. The staff were friendly and we had a great experience. We will definitely be going back again.

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Lively atmosphere and very tasty food. We shared a selection of plates including the miso aubergine and the chicken in soy sauce - delicious. The portions are not huge but 4-5 was enough for two people. The seating is on bar stools so fine for parties of 2-3 but might be more tricky if you are four or more. Good attentive service from friendly staff.

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Carin Thuresson

Three of us went and had a great meal at Freak Scene, we pretty much had everything on the menu and all dishes were great. The favourites were the pork belly, salmon sashimi and scallops. Can definitely recommend the restaurant and friendly staff.

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I was very excited to try out Freak Scene but left a bit disappointed. The waiter had recommended to order 3 dishes per person but this was way too much. We already ordered only 5 dishes for 2 because we were a bit unsure but even this was too much. The portions are quite generous (which is a plus). However there was too much time between the dishes arriving. At one point we waited around 15 mins for our next dish to arrive. We had the mixed pickles which I really enjoyed, the chicken in hoisin peanut sauce - the chicken was cooked well but the sauce was a bit bland and chunky, the pork belly in lettuce wraps which was very messy to eat but tasty (apart from the top of the meat which was a bit too blackened), the pork sausage sliders which were quite dry and also a bit bland and the red curry duck buns which was my favourite dish of the night. The place got quite cramped quite quickly and I didn’t really like the set up as the stools were quite uncomfortable. Overall it wasn’t a terrible experience but also not a great one.

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Delicious food and friendly staff! Would go again!

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Rachel Walsh

Great food and atmosphere!

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Kirra

Freak Scene... delish! Miso grilled aubgergine, chicken fried chicken, and chilli crab & avocado wonton bombs were all a highlight. They recommend 7 things each, we had 6 and were completely full!
You are seated along a bar, so not ideal for big groups, but you will be too busy eating and talking about eating it won’t matter.

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Great service from all staff who gave good recommendations and a little history about Freak Scene. Food was really tasty and delicious :)

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Hi Freak Scene, We had a great time, The restaurant was really full and the atmosphere was great for early dinner time. We thought the place would be empty but it was really buzzing. The food was great and i really enjoyed the Grilled Cabbage which had some earthy flavours having been on the grill. The aubergine which was cooked really well and served with sweet sauce and nuts. It could have been a dessert as it reminded us of the texture of apple crumble. It wasn't too sickly sweet as so many miso aubergine dishes in London can be. We really enjoyed the mushrooms which were a large portion of japanese mushrooms served in tin foil cooked in a nice silky sauce. We will be back with friends for a late evening dinner soon!

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We had a great meal - I particularly enjoyed the beef tataki and fried chicken. The service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Deborah Burgess

Great atmosphere and food. In particular we loved the grilled cabbage, mushrooms and nasu dengaku. Portions are quite small, so you do need to order a little more than you think.

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Allira Attwill

From the moment we walked in, the staff were attentive, talked us through the menu, recommended beers and food selections for our tastes, and were super friendly. Make sure you have the beef tataki and the pointed cabbage! Will definitely go back.

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Ashleigh Gardner

Everything I hoped for, and more. No shortage of substance to match the style. Food is punchy, interesting and generously portioned. Genuinely looking forward to going back.

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It's a trendy place where diners sit at the bar and food served to you. It's a bit difficult to go as a group of more than 3 given the sitting arrangement. They were accommodating and sat us at the corner of the bar table where 4 of us can interact easier.
It was quite a busy Thurday evening, and food can came out quite slow.
The food was a fantastic fusion of oriental and mexican/south American. The food was flavorsome and exciting. Most servings were reasonably sized for sharing. However, the miso glazed aubergine was rather small, only 6 small squares for the price.

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Neil Webb

Amazing restaurant, wonderful concept, friendly knowledgeable staff, definitely worth a visit!

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Great food amazing service. Would return.

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Francesca Hart

Absolutely amazingly delicious food! Though I would only recommend this restaurant for small groups up to 4 maximum because of the way the restaurant is laid out.

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Hayley Henderson

Great place. Cool vibes. Yummy food. The crab and avocado won ton bombs and the black cod tacos were amazing!

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Hajira Hafeez

The food was great! We were lucky enough to have met the chef, him and his staff were super nice and friendly. It was all superb!

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Candice Elle Richardson

My friend and I attended Freak Scene after work and had a wonderful time. The service was fantastic they made me feel right at home whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. The chefs had some great suggestions for food and cocktails. The food was simply amazing, lots of flavours, tapas is my favourite way to eat, you get to try a bit of everything. Also great location. I highly recommend.

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Christopher French

The food was great, I recommend the chicken wings, aubergine, and crab wontons. I ordered seconds :)

We were the first in the restaurant, but after a short period of time it was buzzing and the atmosphere was great.

Will be visiting again.

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The food was great! We tried a mix of things and all were delish. Our favourite was the black cod tacos. I would definitely come back here.

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Kate Shepherd

Delicious food, good service - will definitely be back!

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Great food and service, good interaction with the chefs and staff!!

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We had a wonderful dinner, really great place with delicious meals and the bar seating made it fun.

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Jay Selby

Fantastic all round. Personally I love the sharing style and bar seating arrangement so I can see the chefs at work. All the food was great, all the staff were friendly and the manager was super efficient and on top of everything. Order the artichoke chopsticks for sure!!!

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Food was great and service was very attentive and friendly! Our favourites were the cod fish tacos, miso aubergine and the chicken fried chicken! Its the perfect place for a catch up with friends over great food and creative drinks.

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Catriona Middleton

Absolutely cracking meal. We honestly felt like robbers with the savings provided by booking through First Table!

We were greeted immediately, sat down and received good attentive service for our whole meal.

The food itself was excellent, star dish was the 'Chicken Fried Chicken'. I was also really impressed with the vegetarian dishes on offer- the cauliflower was stellar! Everything was beautifully cooked, it really reminded me of our recent trip to Japan! I personally don't drink alcohol, but my husband was very happy with the beer offerings.

We will be returning as a larger group to try and tackle the whole menu

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Natasha Gold

Really cool little place, with fun, engaging staff, a gorgeous cocktail menu and a really exciting sounding menu of small sharer plates. We ordered a selection based on recommendations from our waiter and the fact that one of us is gluten free. 3/7 dishes were amazing! 3/7 really good. 1/7 not so good. Overall a fab experience, can’t wait to go back!

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Fun, tasty, different and cool - a good night, thanks Freak Scene. Only downsides - service was a little shaky but new staff I think, awesome music playlist but very loud for 5:30 when it wasn't that busy...

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I think I know what my New Years resolution needs to be; to stop listening to waiters about how much food I should order! Another over order but my parents taught me well and I made sure nothing went to waste (not like I need to get in a bikini for a while ay). Been wanting to try @freaksceneldn for a while and I am a sucker for a restaurant where I can eat on a counter watching the chefs at work. What we ate: ⁣⁣
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- Beef fillet tataki with onion ponzu & garlic crisps⁣
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- Tempura shrimp buns with scotch bonnet mayo ⁣⁣
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- Miso black cod tacos with sushi rice and red chilli salsa⁣⁣
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- Chicken fried chicken with peanut soy and pickled cucumber⁣⁣
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- Robata grilled cauliflower with sesame ponzu, roasted almonds and pomegranate
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- Thai pork sausage buns with scotch bonnet mayo ⁣⁣
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I wasn’t overly enthused by either of the bun dishes to be honest and the mayo was too hot for me to take advantage of it which is probably necessary for the dishes to really work. The beef and cauliflower were the real highlights for me and would definitely order them again. They are currently on @firsttableuk with early sittings 50% off so I would definitely recommend taking advantage with a discount that big. It means over ordering is a bargain!

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Rachel Gordon

Delicious food! An array of flavours and textures that all worked amazingly together. The aubergine was our favourite, it was the perfect amount of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch to offset the smoothness of the uabergine itself. Thanks for a great night, we will definitely be back!

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Angela Jaques

We really enjoyed the concept of this restaurant with small sharing meals. Being vegetarians we had plenty of options to choose from which was great. The miso grilled aubergine was the stand out dish for us. Service was personal and attentive, they knew the menu expertly. Would have been nice to have a bit more time for dessert as we had to go to a show...I'd recommend it for guests with time to enjoy the relaxed nature of the service (food comes out in stages). Definitely recommend to others!

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Natalie Brittan

This hip Soho joint has an Asian-inspired menu that reads like a dream but leaves the taste buds a little underwhelmed. Nothing was horrible or inedible but there was just nothing Asian about it, just confusion. In fact many of the dishes could’ve passed for Tex Mex. Too many deep fried crispy cracker-themed dishes and sauces need more perfecting (cold puréed kimchi with some cheese sauce palmed off as kimcheese and jalapeño sauce could be more mayo-like), and the Hainanese chicken needed a less is more approach with the overpowering peanut and soy sticky sauce.
The sake butter foil baked mushrooms however were drop dead gorgeous (if a little heavy handed with the butter). And if there were udon noodles it would taste even better!
Nice concept, but needs to revisit Asian classics for some fresh inspiration and clarity

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